2018 Statewide Ballot Measures

322x267-Ballot-Box.jpgMany of the most important public policy decisions affecting the future of cities are being decided through statewide ballot measures. The League’s standing seven policy committees may choose to take up ballot measures or proposed measures that have a direct impact on California cities under their issue expertise and make recommendations to the League Board of Directors for action. Not all measures heard by policy committees go to the full board. If a measure is taken to the full board, it must receive a vote by two-thirds of the directors present for the League to adopt an official position.   

Cities have a great deal at stake on the ballot in 2018 with numerous measures affecting funding for critical local services and local control.

Ballot Measure Activities & Public Resources 

It is imperative that cities and city officials follow the rules and regulations governing ballot measure activity and public resources. The Institute for Local Government's Ballot Measure Actvities & Public Resources can help city officials and staff navigate this process. 

November 2018

Voters protected transportation funds and rejected Prop. 6 and passed Props. 1 and 2. 

Stop the Attack on Bridges and Roads: No on Proposition 6

Prop6-logo-r1-90-I-both_logos-FINAL-OUTLINES-vertical.pngThe League opposes the attack on bridges and roads. The California Professional Firefighters, California Association of Highway Patrolmen, American Society of Civil Engineers, business, local government, labor, environmentalists and first responders urge NO on Prop 6 because it will stop critical transportation projects and jeopardize the safety of our bridges and roads. Prop 6 eliminates more than $5 billion annually in existing transportation funds and stops funding for more than 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation and public transit improvement projects currently underway throughout California. For more information, please visit the No on Prop 6 page


Veterans and Affordable Housing Act: Proposition 1

The League supports this measure that contains a $4 billion general obligation bond to fund affordable housing programs and the veterans homeownership program (CalVet).

No Place Like Home "Homelessness Housing Ratification: Proposition 2

The League supports this measure that would enact the No Place Like Home Act of 2018 and provide for submission of that act to the voters at the Nov. 6, 2018, statewide general election. It would specify that the service contracts between the authority and the department may be single-year or multiyear contracts and provide for payments to the department from amounts on deposit in the Supportive Housing Program Subaccount. In addition, it would include any appropriation or transfer to the No Place Like Home Fund from the General Fund or other funds as moneys required to be paid into the No Place Like Home Fund. The bill would authorize the Legislature to amend the No Place Like Home Act of 2018 by a two-thirds vote, so long as the amendment is consistent with and furthers the intent of the act. 

Supply and Water Quality Bond Act of 2018: Proposition 3

The League supports this measure that would authorize $8.877 billion in state general obligation bonds for various infrastructure projects: $3.03 billion for safe drinking water and water quality, $2.895 billion for watershed and fisheries improvements, $940 million for habitat protection, $855 million for improved water conveyance, $685 million for groundwater sustainability/storage, and $472 million for surface water storage/dam repairs. It appropriates money from General Fund to pay off bonds and requires certain projects to provide matching funds from non-state sources; gives priority to disadvantaged communities. For more information please visit the Yes on 3 website.

June 2018

All three of the League-supported measures on the June ballot passed. 

Transportation Protection: Proposition 69, June Ballot

The League supports this ballot measure that prohibits the Legislature from diverting new transportation funds for other purposes. It extends constitutional protections to new revenues generated by SB 1 that are not currently protected and guarantees that transportation funds can only be used for transportation improvement purposes.

Parks and Water Bond: Proposition 68, June BallotYesOn68_NoTag_Full_Color-2@1000px.png

The League supports this measure that contains a $4 billion bond to address the state’s most important water, parks and natural resource needs. Each city will be receive per-capita funding of at least $200,000 and be eligible to apply for millions of dollars in grants for parks and water infrastructure.

Rainwater Capture Systems and Property Tax Exclusions: Proposition 72, June BallotWater-spout-AdobeStock_112657056.jpeg

The League supports this measure that would provide a property tax exclusion for the construction or addition of a rainwater capture system.

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